India vs Windies: Intruder runs to pitch to take selfie with Virat Kohli in Hyderabad
The spectators, too, cheered the moment.
Published - Oct 12, 2018 1:19 pm | Updated - Oct 12, 2018 1:19 pm
And it happened again! A fan overcame the barriers to run straight to Indian captain Virat Kohli to take a selfie with him on the first day of the second Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. It was an action replay of what happened on the first day of the first Test in Rajkot though the only differences are that Kohli was batting on that occasion and the intruders were two in number.
Seen in a video taken from the stands, a man wearing a jacket was seen running straight into the middle of the ground, eyeing Kohli. He was seen embracing the Indian captain while the latter was clearly disturbed by his act. The man tried to click a selfie with a hesitant Kohli who looked for some help to see the intruder away.
Some other players and umpires were seen approaching the duo while a few security officials sprinted to the middle to escort the man out. There was, however, little evidence that the man was afraid of the consequences. The spectators, too, cheered the moment.
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Kohli was chased in Rajkot too
A similar instance had happened in Rajkot where two men ran to Kohli who was batting and took selfies. There, too, Kohli looked uncomfortable with the fans’ love for him till they were removed by the security personnel. Kohli went on make a record-creating 24th Test century in that game, managing to steal some wind off the sail of young debutant Prithvi Shaw who hit a hundred in the same innings.
Of late, cricketers like Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag also had similar experiences. While one fan went to Gambhir in a Vijay Hazare Trophy game in Delhi to touch his feet, another one approached Sehwag in Bengaluru while he was playing in a celebrity cricket tournament.
The Windies won the toss in Hyderabad and elected to bat. Though they had a better beginning in this game with their openers putting up 32 runs, their middle order found negotiating the Indian bowlers tough and the visitors slipped to 113 for 5 after lunch. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who took a fifer in the second innings in Rajkot, grabbed three wickets.